Leachville Watermelon Festival
The annual Leachville Watermelon Festival was held Saturday, July 26, with carnival rides and games by Fred Saquez, games, entertainment, food, horseshoe tournament, laser tag, arts and crafts booth, Memphis Barbecue, spray paint paintings and much more.
Paula Bowen served as chairman for the event held on main street.
Among the entertainment were Government Radio Factory (80s, 90s, and music today), Brad Messer Band (country), Community Fellowship Praise and Worship Band (gospel), Jackwagon Ramblers (Blue Grass), Clay (rock gospel), Caleb Hammon Band (gospel), and Southern Skies (country).
J.L. Clayton, local author, signed her recently published books and posed with pictures with her fans.
A variety of good food was served including Plunk Concessions; Freedom Cookers; Leachville Assembly of God Church; and Belles and Beaus.
Business booths included Lisa Ashabranner with wooden crafts and decor; Eagle Laser Engraving, Kevin Cooper; Mustang Signs and Graffix (Steve Lancaster and family); Lori Bryant, paintings and decor; Nancy Spencer, crafts and novelties; Country Boy Waterfowl Calls, Brandon Petty.
Shelly Hurst manned a bake sale with proceeds going to BIC Junior High Book Club.
The Cave Dwellers Booth was manned by Jana Evans and Katherine Clowers.
Winners of the horseshoe pitching tournament included Sye Barnett, third place; Gary Sparkman, second place; and Markie Jackson, first place.
Winners in the doubles competition were, Gary Sparkman and Danny Sparkman, third place; Bobby Woods and Markie Jackson, second place; Greg Amidon and Dustin Clark, first place.
"I would like to thank everyone who helped make this happen; Tammy Stockton for being my right hand lady through all of this, to all the vendors for coming out and enduring the heat, to all the local businesses for making donations for door prizes, to all the bands for terrific shows, and to my family and friends for helping me," Bowen said. "I would also like to give a big thanks to everyone who came out and enjoyed the music, food and fun. Hope to see each and everyone one back again next year."